While working and sharing tips with others I have come to realize just how important some tools are to me. Some of these are not really tools, but without them I would certainly have gaps to fill in my work flow.
They are not necessarily in any particular order.
- Firefox with FireBug extension.
- Chrome Browser
- Google Talk
- Google Reader
- Email (Gmail)
As an extra mention, most of these are used on my desktop and my iPhone. I am still doing 99.9% of my work on an HP Mini 311 Verizon Netbook, which is simply amazing.
I have been using Google Buzz and overall, I like it. It has some real potential.
The one thing I can not grasp is why Google is choosing to keep the control so tight. After all these years the one thing you could count on with Google was some options. And we all know, if it can be done, Google can do it.
- Google Buzz in the inbox. Give us some options. Start with, yes or no, and branch out from there. If yes, let us set the update interval to some extent. Buzz in Gmail is not the issue, just the inbox flow.
- Google Buzz and Google Reader integration. Once again, yes or no would be nice. My Reader was just about perfect for me, now, it is a mess.
- Bump interval. Why not let us set this to a number of comments before a post is bumped? Maybe a combination, either X number of comments, or an elapsed time will bump it.
- Mute fade. I just don’t think the Web 2.0 feature is worth the delay. I know I muted it, just let it go. Of course, an option here would be nice for those who like it.
- Contacts. Wow, what a mess this is. Google Buzz has made trash out of my contacts. I have not investigated this much, but I know I was shocked when I realized Buzz was doing a number on my nice clean list.
- How about a favorites button or some mechanism to flag something for later review? You are the ones who got us used to this in Gmail and Reader!
I thought this was pretty funny, seems Google may need to work on some of their custom error messages.
According to this error I received, Google Chrome is not a supported browser for Google Gmail?
Now this is a pretty useful addition to Gmail, Canned Responses.
If you find yourself answering the same question over and over in Gmail, you can just add a canned response and then set a filter to handle who the response gets delivered to automatically.
This is not the same thing as autoresponders, this is more fine tuned to a specific topic or person and not just an email address. Check out the blog post about it at New in Labs: Canned Responses
One thing I realized quickly, there is no obvious way to add a Canned Response?
You have to do it from a Reply window, once you activate it.
Select an email to reply to and there is a new option link to add a canned response.
It is interesting that Yahoo and MSN allow RSS subscriptions to a search. By subscribing to a search can save you a lot of time and help facilitate any research that you are doing.
Google only allows subscriptions to a Blog Search, but not a Web Search. A good substitute for this is a Google Alert which will keep you up to date on any topic across Websites, Blogs and News.